age & journeys

Transportation design shapes the stories of people’s experiences moving. We can see  whose bodies matter, and how much care is given to designing safe journeys for different populations. We write about our own journeys in the midst of a nation-state’s design decisions.

We also describe journeys that help us to experience other nation-states’ approaches to street designs that offer different choices for moving, different definitions of care which are baked into roads and networks.

We study and write about how social justice and mobility intertwine with infrastructure. We celebrate street/transportation designs that result in less risk, less fear, and more infrastructure care than is typically found in car-centric countries.

In this writing, we try to honor our changing bodies, and we welcome your stories of your experiences as well. 

choosing your gear and resources

In his fifties, a friend said,  this is our decade to become better about finding our therapies, and taking care of our bodies.  You’ll find mostly material about body comfort, about safety net strategies, about how to find and use resources to prepare for trips that will change your way of experiencing your future.

Bike gear

 

A saddle

Every time new bicyclists start in on Peloton, someone complains about how uncomfortable the saddle is, and some one with small sitbones says, fix the bike fit.

I’m here to say that no matter the bike fit, your saddle shouldn’t feel like you’re trying to ride while balancing on a stair bannister.

handles

Handle bars can help extraordinarily with your comfort on a bike. In the States, most of the bikes sold assume a bent over posture — someday, we’ll figure out that we should opt for upright first, and exercise second.

best bikes

If you’ve never tried an upright bike, you’re missing out.

electric bikes

If you’re interested in a little assist, an electric bike can be a kick.  Choose your bike, choose your adventure, and the research suggests you’ll opt onto your bike more often.

Pop up Infrastructure

We make this assumption, in the States, that if people have the experience of leisure, it might translate into day to day bicycling, but this presumes that one leisure activity might lead to different transportation choices. Genre theorists can tell us why these are false assumptions. 

leisure imaginaries

infrastructure

a short overview

70’s bike dreams

Brag

BRAG has been around for 40 years, and I’ve crossed the state nine times since 2000, coming back this year, 2019 to celebrate its fortieth anniversary.

If you’re looking for a ride where you will rarely be alone on a stretch of road…

Bike Virginia

Bike Virginia celebrated its 40th anniversity in 2018, and since 2001, they’ve shifted to two overnight camping locations and stopped moving across the state. 

New York — FANY

Since 2001, the FANY ride has been offering a challenging, small (limited to 200 riders) ride across New York with seven over night stays at seven different locations.

Having tried my own hand at creating routes, and having relied on many other people’s routes in the past, I appreciated the care in the routes for this ride.

Fall Festival

bike the valley.

Mobility blog

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Angela Crow

Angela Crow

I have been thinking about how we learn as we age since I was too young to be considering this question.  Years ago, I wrote a book called Aging Literacies, and I meant to suggest both the ways that our literacies can come to be seen as antiquated and how we need to understand age in the shaping of literacy instruction. It was a book all about user experience, a text about aging populations learning new literacies. 

I’m circling back around to think about aging again. I want to speak to our bodies moving, our embodied experiences of roads, our ways of “reading” existing street design, our ways of imagining alternatives, our ways of experiencing care and dignity in transportation design. 

 

 

 

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